Aannsha’s Blog #67 – Baz held the nuts while I screwed!

Oh how long have I had to wait to be able to write that title! And while it could be seen as click bait, it is genuinely what happened last week on A B Sea. But it’s not as raunchy as it seems (sorry, no), but it was a very important task.

We were redeeming our Passerelle of Doom!

If you’ve watched our videos you may have noticed that where we’re moored in Kaş town harbour, the passerelle is at a fairly steep angle as the harbour wall is around 70cm (32 inches) above the swim platform of A B Sea. In marinas, passerelles generally sit flat, resting on the pontoons that are usually fairly flush with the backs of most yachts. However, in the town harbour, most of the boats moored here are large gulets for which the dock height isn’t a problem.

Problem with the passerelle

You’ll remember that a few weeks ago, I got rid of the slip problem with our aluminium gangplank. While it is ridged, when it’s been raining, at a 24 degree angle of dangle so to speak, unless you had shoe grips like Spiderman, you were likely to careen at a fast speed down onto the yacht. With the issue of the wobble that was making the walk feel more like a right angle romp up a seesaw, the whole thing felt like a death trap. Hence the name, Passerelle of Doom!

So last week, one of our boat chores was to fix the wobble. The passerelle has a little cylindrical stainless steel ‘foot’ that sits in a round stainless steel ‘shoe’ which in my mind isn’t the best design in the world, but it is the one we have.

We have two of these ‘shoes’ - stainless steel fittings on either side of the swim platform giving us a choice of where to fix the passerelle and Baz had to tighten both of them. Believe it or not, the one not in use was worse than the one. Anyway it meant that one of us (Baz) had to squeeze himself in the aft lazarette, between the rudder stock quadrant and the bulkhead and elongate his arm along a narrow fibreglass tunnel in order to get to grips with the nuts that were holding the bolts in place.

Where are the bolts?

This little job took quite a while as (a) we were filming the segment and (b) it was awkward. Essentially, once Baz had reached the bolts, my job was to sit on the swim platform, put a screwdriver into the screw head and hold it in place so Baz could apply Loctite glue and tighten the nuts. As I said, it sounds simple, but logistically it was difficult. It’s a good thing Baz was the one in the locker reaching because he has longer arms than I do and his patience stretches a lot further than mine.

A good while later both ‘shoes’ were secured and the passerelle was replaced. While Baz could only reach two of the three bolts in the starboard fitting, he did manage to tighten all three of the port side fitting, which is the one we tend to use. A short hop and a skip later and both Baz and I had danced up the re-seated passerelle which has far less of a wobble than before. As it is sitting on a round swivelling ‘foot’, it’s never going to be 100% movement free, but it’s now safe enough not to worry about guests coming on board.

Steady passerelle

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